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China to establish climate change think tank

By Du Juan (China Daily)

10:06, November 22, 2011

A worker recently sets up a wind/solar hybrid streetlight in Xiangcheng county, Henan province. China will establish its first national-level think tank on climate change issues, the National Strategic Research and International Cooperation Center for Climate Change, before the end of this month.(China Daily)

The new think tank will be established before the United Nations' Durban Climate Change Conference, which is scheduled for November 28, said Li Junfeng, deputy director of the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), on Monday.

Under the working title of the National Strategic Research and International Cooperation Center for Climate Change, the think tank will be affiliated with the NDRC, Li said.

He said the center will employ the country's best climate change scientists, researchers and analysts, but he declined to divulge more details about the members or the scale of the operation.

The center is China's latest initiative in environmental issues.

In 2008, the Department of Climate Change was established under the NDRC, consisting of five offices and employing about 40 people. Some industry insiders said the new center could supplement the work of the department because global environmental issues, international negotiations and carbon trading are all related to climate change.

"The department is a government organization for research into climate change. The center will be a top think tank providing analysis and suggestions for the country's leaders," Li said. "Their responsibilities and goals are different."

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